Prayer march held in honor of victims of Baker shooting

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Victims of the triple murder in Baker and their families were remembered Monday night as part of a Prayer March at New Gideon Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

"Our culture is indicative of what it looks like when spirituality is absent in families and in homes," said Reverend Thomas Bessix.

The call for change began in the chapel and then spilled to the streets as about a hundred people sang and marched behind a hearse.

"Look down on the streets Oh God," said one of the marchers. "Touch every one of us gathered here Oh Lord name by name, family by family Oh God."

The prayers were voiced one by one on four corners, some for the victims of the Baker shooting and their families.

"Lord we speak for those who thought their voice is gone. Lord we just want to pray for them," said another person who led a prayer.

Those words were for the family like of 18-year-old Diontrey Claiborne.

Claiborne along with 15-year-old Marcell Franklin and 15-year-old Kendal Dorsey lost their lives in the shooting.

New Gideon Pastor Thomas Bessix says the prayer march was already scheduled for Monday but it soon became dedicated to Clairborne and his family, members of the church, along with the other victims of the shooting.

"The hope is we can begin to share love and spread love in a way to help young people learn how to love and not to retaliate in ways of violence and vengeance," said Bessix.

According to Rev. Bessix, Claiborne's funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Saturday morning at 11 at New Gideon Baptist Church.

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